8 Days Yunnan Gaoli Gongshan Mountain Birding Tour

There are three main parts to the Gaoligongshan Nature Reserve – Baihualing Nature Reserve, Dahaoping Nature Reserve and Nankang Nature Reserve. All are relatively easily accessed from Kunming. Baoshan is connected by daily flights to Kunming and is the main stepping off point for birders visiting Gaoligongshan. It  takes three hours to drive from Baoshan airport to Baihualing Nature Reserve in the Galigong mountains. Baihualing is by far the best, and also the most easily accessible part of the Gaolingong Mountains. Decent accommodation and food are available at the reserve guest house. 


  • Have a memorable bird watching experience in Yunnan.
  • Enjoy the stunning scenery along the way.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1 Baoshan
  • Day 2 Baoshan-Baihualing(Gaoligongshan)
  • Day 3 Baihualing(Gaoligongshan)
  • Day 4 Baihualing(Gaoligongshan)
  • Day 5 Baihualing(Gaoligongshan)-Bawan
  • Day 6 Bawan-Tengchong
  • Day 7 Tengchong
  • Day 8 Tengchong

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Baoshan

Sightseeing and Activities
Accommodation: Baoshan
Meals: Lunch

Pick you up at Baoshan airport. Meet your local guide and driver. Transfer to hotel. 

Day 2 Baoshan-Baihualing(Gaoligongshan)

Sightseeing and Activities: Baihualing, Gaoligongshan Nature Reserve
Accommodation: Baoshan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive to Baihualing in Gaoligongshan Nature Reserve for bird watching. 

Day 3 Baihualing(Gaoligongshan)

Sightseeing and Activities: Baihualing, Birding
Accommodation: Baoshan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

A whole day birding in Baihualing.

Day 4 Baihualing(Gaoligongshan)

Sightseeing and Activities: Baihualing, Birding
Accommodation: Baoshan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

A whole day birding in Baihualing.

Day 5 Baihualing(Gaoligongshan)-Bawan

Sightseeing and Activities: Baihualing, Birding
Accommodation: Bawan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning birding in Baihualing. In the late afternoon, drive to Bawan for overnight. Birding on the way.

Day 6 Bawan-Tengchong

Sightseeing and Activities: Tengchong, Birding
Accommodation: Tengchong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive to Tengchong. On the way, make several stops for some easy roadside birding. 

Day 7 Tengchong

Sightseeing and Activities: Laifengshan Forest Park, Yunfengshan, Birding
Accommodation: Tengchong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the early morning, birding at Laifengshan Forest Park. After breakfast, drive about 50 km to Yunfengshan, a Taoist Mountain and important habitats for some mid-altitude birds. Climb to a Taoist Monastery on the top of the mountain.

Day 8 Departure from Tengchong

Sightseeing and Activities: Tengchong Departure
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Departure from Tengchong. Service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Baoshan Guanfang Hotel Baoshan Landu Hotel Lihong Hotel Local Guesthouse
Gaoligongshan / / / Local Guesthouse
Bawan / / / Local Guesthouse
Tengchong Guanfang Hotel Tengchong Empark Grand Hotel Tengchong Dongfang Xuanyi Holiday Hotel Yinxingge Guesthouse

Service Included:

1.Accommodation with daily breakfast as indicated in the hotel list as below;
2.Chinese lunches and dinners as listed in the itinerary;
3.All land transfers & transportation with private air-conditioned coach;
4.All transfers and sightseeing with skilled English-speaking tour guide;
5.All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary;
6.Domestic air tickets fares with airport tax and fuel extra fee based on economy class mentioned in the program
7.Service charge and all government taxes;
8.Luggage transfers between airport and hotels;
9.Travel Agency’s Responsibility Insurance coverage

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff.
  • Personal travel accident insurance.
  • All optional programs;

Travel Tips:

  • The economy-class airfare of China flights as specified in the itinerary.
  • The hotel/cruise accommodation is based on two persons sharing one standard twin room/cabin with private facilities in all relevant locations. If a single client requests a twin room/cabin alone, the single room/cabin supplement will be charged. 
  • For the land tour in each city, daily American breakfast is served in the hotel, and Chinese lunch and/or dinner will be served with two cups of soft drink outside the hotel. All meal arrangements are served as the itinerary specifies.
  • On the cruise daily American breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. The beverage arrangements are subject to policies.